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What is a "Bug-out bag?"

Also called a "go bag," "grab bag," or GOOD bag (get out of Dodge), a bug-out bag is a general term for any bag or package that is prepared ahead of time just in case a disaster were to occur that might require you to leave your home quickly. The bug-out bag is designed to have everything that you might need in one place so that precious time is not wasted getting together basic necessities in the event of an emergency. There are a ton of different kinds of bug-out bags, from the container itself or what is prioritized in the bag. A bug-out bag might be different from person to person, but many of the basic essentials will be the same. ​Learn more about bug-out situations and more at Manteca Trailer Sales! 

What is in a good Bug-out  bag? 

  • Essentials (necessary for the human body to survive):
    • Water and food to last for at least 72 hours. This includes:
      • Water for washing, drinking and cooking.
      • Water purification supplies or water filtration system.
      • Non-perishable food. 
      • Cooking supplies.
  • First Aid
    • Enough personalized medicine to last an extended evacuation period.
    • Medicine for indigestion, stomachache, nausea, and diarrhea.
    • Hand sanitizer.
  • Shelter, Clothing and Warmth
    • Necessary clothing.
    • Weather-appropriate clothing.
    • Bedding items such as sleeping bags and blankets. 
    • Fire-starting tool.
    • Standard camping equipment.
  • Tools and Navigation
    • Battery or crank-operated radio.
    • Lighting.
    • An external power-pack or small, portable solar charger.
    • Batteries.
    • Knife.
    • A Multi-tool.
    • Duct tape and rope.
    • Folding Saw.
    • Super glue, which can also be used to suture wounds.
    • Tarpaulins for shelter and water collection.
    • Wire for binding and animal traps.
    • Paracord/ropes.
    • Compass.
  • Miscellaneous
    • Pet, child, and elderly care needs.
    • Physical cash and change.
    • ID.
    • Copies of birth certificates.
    • Passports.

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